Rural Crime Update: 6th October 2017

Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk.  We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county.

You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.

Query  Who to contact  Non Urgent  Urgent
Farm / Agricultural & general advice DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900 407106  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or  999
 Community concerns & Newsletter feedback Sgt Mark Askham  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

Crime Summary

  • Hare coursing reported in Ashill, Barroway Drove, Barton Bendish, Denver, Marshland Smeeth, South Acre,Snettisham, Tacolneston, Tivetshall St Mary and Winfarthing
  • Stack fires at Cawston and Swannington
  • 2 Barrels of Scrap bronze stolen from Weeting
  • Ford Ranger (FL08RTX) stolen from Elsing
  • 500 Litres of heating oil stolen from Wereham
  • Heating oil stolen from Wicken Green
  • Joinery and Masonry tools stolen from workshops at Little Dunham

Several reports of persons selling goods at doorstep

Heating oil security

It is inevitable that some homes will be the victim of heating oil theft. We appeal for people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. The following crime prevention advice is given for oil tank owners

Keep your tank in a well overlooked position – this will ensure thieves are more likely to be seen

If your tank is close to your house make sure that it can be seen from your windows – this coupled with lighting will make it less of a target

Security lights can help deter potential thieves. Low level ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.

Enclosing your tank in a building which can be secured is better still. However it is important not to overlook the importance of ventilation; advice should be sought from your oil company.

If you have a gate keep it closed and locked when you are out.

Make sure your perimeter fence is in good condition and is not easy to climb. Consider the use of trellis on top of any rear fencing to increase height.

Invest in a good quality lock. Close shackle padlocks are recommended as they offer better resistance to bolt croppers and other tools that thieves usually come equipped with.

Check your oil gauges regularly to alert you to any potential thefts and help investigations by narrowing crime times down. Many tanks can be fitted with a gauge to monitor levels which can be read inside the house.

Register your valuables.

This makes them identifiable if they get stolen. It’s free !! and links into the National Police system.

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